Sweden Didn’t Shut Down Over COVID — Are They Getting The Last Laugh?

Written by Wes Walker on August 10, 2020

Sweden took a crapton of flak for NOT shutting their country down the way the rest of the world did. How’s that working out for them now?

They have an announcement about their COVID death rate that will raise some eyebrows.

And it didn’t rely on the aggressive testing that

The problem with taking action during unprecedented situations is an obvious one: you can never quite answer the ‘if only’ questions.

If only we’d done this differently, or that differently, we would have seen a very different outcome. So ‘experts’ on the pro side and the con side of any issue can pull out their favorite computational models and explain why only an idiot would ever agree with the other side. That’s the game the media are playing to help their Democrat buddies.

With countries across the planet hitting the panic button when the ChinaVirus came to town, we could have had the same problem with this one.

Fortunately for those who care about comparing data sets, not everyone employed the same strategy. Sweden did NOT throw in with the Chicken Little crowd. They stayed more or less open throughout the height of the pandemic scare. They were heavily criticized for it, but that didn’t’ stop them.

And now we get to compare everyone else’s results to theirs.

It wasn’t perfect. There were problems, especially early on (like New York) with high-risk patients taking the brunt of it.

But this result is not to be scoffed at.

‘It is such a huge responsibility to take these decisions that affect the whole country and I like the way he sticks to his guns even if he gets a lot of criticism.’

Tegnell’s refusal to impose lockdown on his fellow citizens is held up by critics around the world as a warning against adopting a laissez-faire attitude to this deadly disease.

Yet as infections spike again in places that locked down their populations, where schools struggle to reopen and the economic carnage from this crisis grows clearer, is it possible this Scandinavian nation might have made the right long-term call?

After all, as Swedish public health experts kept telling me last week, the struggle against this horrible pandemic ‘is a marathon not a sprint’.

The World Health Organisation warns the impact may be felt for decades. ‘Many countries that believed they were past the worst are grappling with new outbreaks,’ said director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. ‘Some that were less affected in the earliest weeks are now seeing escalating numbers of cases and deaths.’

Yet Sweden is seeing a sustained drop in cases, with some experts even suggesting it may be close to herd immunity in the capital Stockholm.

The number of deaths, new cases and patients in intensive care has fallen dramatically.

On one key measure – percentage change in new confirmed cases over the past fortnight relative to the previous 14 days – Sweden is down more than a third.

This contrasts with sharp rises in neighbouring Denmark, Finland and Norway, along with countries such as Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK.–DailyMail

No new deaths from COVID-19. AND a sharp drop in cases while rates in neighboring lockdown nations soar?

Does that count as ‘slowing the spread’?

Maybe we should reevaluate who took the best course of action… and plan accordingly.

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